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Tour of the National Forest | Get into sportives
Published: 15 April 2014

The Tour of the National Forest Sportive in May 2013 was a sell-out event, which changed many people’s views of the east midlands. Organisers are delighted that this event shall be run in 2014 on Sunday May 4.

This sportive shall let you discover the particularly tough gradients around Loughborough ensuring you leave full of praise of the challenging route which winds its way up and down through the picturesque country lanes and criss-cross through the National Forest area.

With three rides of varying length (160, 100 and 58 km) available, riders of all abilities will find something to suit them. The routes will be fully signposted and to ensure that there are no problems a detailed OS route map will be provided to all participants in their riders packs. In addition to ensuring you safely make it round the route there will be a number of feed stations along each route, as well as free mechanical support provided by Cycle Craft and mobile medical support if you are unlucky enough to need it. All finishers will receive a goody bag, which includes a free t-shirt as well as post ride meal in the brand new Loughborough University Stadium.

Event Features
- Ample car parking (Hard Surface)
- Modern HQ with Changing / Shower Facilities
- Efficient signing on
- Choice of three routes
- Well signposted routes, plus a printed route map
- Free High5 energy gels and energy drinks (No quotas are enforced at our events)
- Feed stations along the routes, with selection of sweet and savoury food. Toilet facilities will be available at all the feed stations
- Chip timing, results will be instantly on the internet after you cross the finishing line!
- Free mechanical support before the ride and along the route courtesy of Cycle Craft
- Mobile mechanical support embedded into the route
- A seated post ride meal inside the event HQ
- A free goodie bag including a t-shirt and HighFive products

We are expecting this event to sell out and do not anticipate taking any entries on the day. The entry fee is £28 – Please enter online here to avoid disappointment.

Here are some reviews from last year’s event:

“A very enjoyable day, really well organised. Feed stations were excellent and the facilities at the uni were ideal. So nice to be able to have pleasant changing facilities and get a hot shower after the ride. The staff throughout the day were efficient and encouraging. Definitely be back next year. Thanks.” Brian Martin

“Probably the most well thought out Sportive I've done in the U.K. Right down to rider emergency contact details on the back of the number.” Ray Martlock

“A superb event-well organised, friendly and challenging. Never knew there were so many hills around this way or that it was so pretty. Lovely people on the feed stations and great food! Clear signposting and it was great to have been able to download the route beforehand. Possibly my favourite ever sportive. Well done to all concerned.” Peter Hillier

“I thought the event was fantastic. It exceeded all my expectations. Everybody involved in organising it had a big smile on their face and were above and beyond helpful. They were; the people who handed out the race packs, the lady who found me a spare plastic tie for my race number before the start, the race starters, the folk who were manning the feed stations, the people at the finish line, the very very nice people who gave me my finishers bag, the nice lady serving lasagne, the masseurs, the car-park attendants. All extremely happy, helpful, and encouraging. I loved it.” Jack Beavis

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